Nairobi - All hostages are believed to have been evacuated from a Nairobi shopping mall and Kenyan special forces are not encountering any resistance, a government spokesperson told AFP late on Monday.
He said the three-day-long siege by Islamist gunmen, which has left at least 62 dead and up to 200 wounded, was nearing the end.
"We think that everyone, the hostages, have been evacuated but we don't want to take any chances," said government spokesperson Manoah Esipisu.
"The special forces are doing their job and yes, I think we are near the end."
"The special forces call this sanitising. It's a very complex and very delicate operation," he said, but said no resistance was being encountered.
"At the moment they have not met any resistance, but of course we are not ruling out the possibility that there are a couple of them hiding in a remote room or corner," he told AFP.